Last week (up until yesterday, that is), Paris held a huge show devoted to… students. How to become one, how to stop being one, what to do with it, where to go, etc… And I was in the crash team for computers (although sometimes lightning, sound, walls and doors also happened to be my problem).
Just imagine cramming a quarter of million of people in a building. Now imagine these people (of all ages and sizes) playing with the displayed computers. I imagine you get the picture. Well, you’re wrong. It went very very smoothly. That’s because we suffered a lot through setup :)
My blisters have blisters. Leopard 10.5.0 (requirement from the upper echelons) proved to be as stable as an ice cube on a stream. We spent a lot of time fishing for the keys of the anti-theft devices. But apart from patrolling and the occasional update for the crashed computers, it was a stroll in the park.
I say stroll, but because the public transportation was on strike, I should say forced march. I lost count after my 50th kilometer. But that was the only painful thing.
Keep that in mind. Plan first, and plan well. You might get bored afterwards, but at least you’re safe.
Apple Expo 2007 is finally over. All in all it was a pretty good show, at least from an exhibitor’s point of view.
I don’t really know why, but the whole organization seemed… quiet, this year. Booths were up and ready on time, electricity as well, network too… The organization staff was quite relaxed and the exhibitors quite friendly to each other.
Mind you, it’s been a stressful week, but maybe not as stressful as it was the previous years. Go figure.
As for the show itself, very little new things (apart from the new iMacs everywhere), since most new products should be available some time after Leopard (a.k.a. Mac OS X 10.5) is released. The Apple booth seemed smaller (although geometrically it wasn’t), the Apple Store bigger.
The good news was it was less of an iPod expo this year, or so it seemed to me. True, Bose, Sennheiser, Shure, and JBL were here, along with Mini (the car, not the iPod) and Audi, but since the iPod touch and the iPhone were not here, we had a lot more software and mac accessories than last year. Again, I might have experienced a distorting perception spell since we had quite a few niceties on Business & Innovation
And since the tension was less there this year that could have been, contact between “competitors” also was quite relaxed. And a lot of friendly contacts were made, along with business ones.
I guess it’s a good advice : less stress leads to better productivity.
How can anyone work like this?
Hopefully, the cat will provide some insightful advice…
Fabien and Magali got wed last week end, and I feel particularly honored to have been there as a witness.
Congratulations to them both, and happy sailing!